Could This Really Happen?

April 11, 2011

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” – Jeremiah 1:5a

Currently the law says that no doctor or medical facility is required to provide abortions. That, however, may change. While the Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, its sponsor has re-filed it. What’s the big deal? In its 2004 incarnation, FOCA defined abortion as a “fundamental right” that no government can “deny” or “interfere with.” Christian doctors with convictions about not performing abortions will be faced with breaking the law. Even our current President stated that passing FOCA would be one of the first things he would do after he took office. Thankfully, it became less of a priority and still hasn’t been voted into law.

The consequences of FOCA has some Catholic bishops threatening to close the country’s 624 Catholic hospitals rather than comply. Bishop Thomas Paprocki stated, “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to refer them to someone who would perform abortions,” he said. “That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.” Since closing the hospitals would create another set of problems, some Catholics have suggested another approach should FOCA pass. Bishop Robert Lynch advocates civil disobedience. “From the other side, we hear consistent talk about being pro-choice,” Keehan said. “If FOCA passes, the concept of being pro-choice will not be incompatible with our position – our choice would be not to participate.”

What should be the Christians’ response if FOCA becomes law? Compliance? Civil disobedience? Sidestep the issue? This is a great issue of state vs. church. Press the “comment” button and give your thoughts and opinions. And while you’re at it, in a respectful way, why don’t you let your Congressman and Senator, and especially the White House, know how you feel? This really could happen and God wants His children to stand for life.